Duterte: No martial law under my watch, but I will dictate if elected president

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Rodrigo Duterte is accompanied by members of the police force during his visit in Cebu.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte said that he will dictate on the people if he becomes president.

But he insists he won't turn into a martial law dictator.

He said this on Thursday (February 25), when the country commemorated the 30th People Power revolution which ended the Marcos regime.

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But he assured the public that he would not be the kind of dictator who would extend his stay in government or oppress people.

“I will be harsh to wrongdoers but I will be forgiving for those who are really working. Tama yan, if you cannot dictate your own terms as president, inutil ka,” he said.

[Translation: "I will be harsh to wrongdoers but I will be forgiving for those who are really working. That's right, if you cannot dictate your own terms as president, you're inutile."]

“I will dictate what you should do, where to do it, what, and how. Wala akong silbi mag-presidente kung hindi ako ang sinusunod ninyo,” he added.

[Translation: "I will dictate what you should do, where to do it, what, and how. There's no sense in me being president if you will not follow me."]

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Duterte’s tough stance on fighting crime has prompted some to compare him to former President Ferdinand Marcos, and he doesn’t seem to have any problem with it.

“Mahusay si Marcos. He was able to run his government. Sinusunod siya. Kagaya ngayon hindi ka sinusunod. Kanya-kanyang kurakot. Kanya-kanyang estilo. Pati yung pinakakandidato mo pagkapresidente, nag-iimport ng eroplano hindi naman nagbabayad. Hindi mo pwedeng gawin sakin yan,” he said.

[Translation: "Marcos was excellent. He was able to run his government. He was obeyed. Unlike now, you are not being followed. Each one has their own style of plundering. Even a presidential candidate that imports airplanes without paying, you cannot do that under my term."]

The PDP-Laban bet has vowed to use the police and the military to “kill” criminals if he becomes president.

Cayetano pointed out, however, that this is far from what a real dictator is.

“Ang ibig sabihin kasi ng diktaturya, pati judiciary pati executive ikaw na nagdidikta. Tapos gagamitin mo ang military at ang pulis para i-harass yung ayaw sumunod sa iyo. Sinabi nimayor, gagamitin niya ang pulis at military to do their job, which is law enforcement,” he said.

[Translations: "What a dictatorship means is that even the judiciary and the executive is under your control. And then you use the military and the police to harass those who don't follow you. What Mayor Duterte said was that he'll use the police and the military to do their job, which is law enforcement."]

He said Duterte is a strong but democratic leader.

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CNN Philippines senior correspondent Ina Andolong contributed to this report